Amazon Affiliate Earnings – 2017 Recap
Last year is well over, and I made more than twice as much as 2016’s totals. I have about 6 sites that I keep up with by adding new content, and I also hired someone to help me post content monthly to keep it fresh and add more relevant products.
State of the Union
The site stats (visitors) have been way down on the first Amazon affiliate niche website I started back in 2014 due to a lot more competition in the photography niche.
Everyone and their dog is starting a photography niche site. The site I built focuses on photography accessories… which has become a super competitive niche for Amazon affiliate products.
However, I had registered a different website URL in 2015 that was from an expired domain to focus on a variety of products – kind of a BEST OF website that I can put anything on regardless of category.
I didn’t know it at the time, but the domain was registered back in 2008. I looked it up on the Way Back Machine and found its long history. Fortunately, it didn’t have any ghosts in its closet, so I’ve been loading it up since the fall with a lot of content in random categories.
One post may be about Ski Poles and another about light bulbs… it’s all random, but it ranks well.
Pretty much anything I put up on it ranks quickly as long as it is optimized!
It’s well out of the Google sandbox – or Google lag that they hit new sites with to keep them from ranking right out of the gate.
I have a few other niche websites that are narrower in focus.. and one in the diet niche. I’ve made $40 from referring people to another site in the same niche where people sign up for their diet program. And, I’ve made a few extra $ on Amazon as well in this diet niche.
Mistakes in 2017 with Amazon Affiliate Sites
I made a huge mistake in April 2017 of buying a pre-built niche website. I spent over $1000 on it. I had bought it from a niche website builder who uses Thrive Themes to build out sites. I also paid a college kid to write articles for this site (not a mistake), but for some reason the site doesn’t rank.
It could be the shitty url name or the Thrive content builder not being SEO friendly… but I’m not going to buy sites again. I’ve barely made a dime on that site despite all the money thrown at it.
Wins in 2017 with Amazon Affiliate Sites
As mentioned above, I paid a college kid to write 500-1000 word articles for me. Those have done fairly well… and it was a good experience to manage article writing.
I added a few new plugins that help me build content faster and drive more targeted buyers to Amazon.
I’ve added list building plugin has worked wonders to increase income by driving more traffic to Amazon.
I have a paid subscription to SEMRush – which has been HUGE regarding keyword research and working with my SEO clients!
Overall, the wins outweigh the losses… but please, don’t buy sites. It’s a waste of money.
Buy articles or content, but I don’t recommend buying pre-made sites. You’ll think you hit a winner, but it will be a dud. They don’t know how to optimize the H1, H2 tags, or even add tags.. and the content can be less than optimal. I put a lot of work into the site I bought, and it has yielded very little.
Amazon Affiliate Earnings for 2017
Here’s an aggregate report for all my Amazon affiliate sites earning for 2017. My grand total is $5599.91 & below is the breakdown of the details.
Other Affiliate Income
In other news, I’ve created an affiliate income site in the paid lead niche. Using Ringpartner, I’ve set up some websites that drive phone calls or leads to vendors.
One of my sites racks up the majority of my income – averaging $300 per month for the year.
The paid leads niche is also competitive and can be expensive if you pay for clicks on Adwords. I’ve set up my site to rank organically instead.
The grand total of income from my main affiliate website business for 2017 was $8861.04 !
Other Online Income
Because I have learned how to make affiliate income sites and do SEO, I’ve been able to pick up a few SEO clients in 2017 and add more income to the bottom line.
I just got a 1099 tax form from the main client for $8828.75. They have a couple of websites in the industrial tools niche… which is very competitive. Although traffic has increased for their sites, income has been flat. Not sure if it was a down economy or just competition.. or if their sites are just not that great. They use Volusion for one website – which is not user friendly… and the other site has a terrible shopping design… as their clients have confirmed. Not great for converting visitors to buying customers.
Overall, my side income for 2017 added just over $17,722 to my bottom line. That’s amount of extra cash coming in.
My income has seen a steady increase since I started in the Amazon affiliate & online marketing niches.
The first year I started blogging and figuring out the Amazon affiliate niche, I made $321.
To go from $321 in 2014 to $17,722 in 2017 is a nice jump. It still isn’t a full time income where I live (or most anywhere in the USA), but it is a nice bonus!
My plan is to keep plugging away and see where it leads!